Destroyed sections of an an old boardwalk are seen in an area that flooded by the beach on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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(CNN) -- Superstorm Sandy left wreckage in its wake "beyond anything I thought I'd ever see," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at a news conference Tuesday.
"The level of devastation at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable," he said.
The state is "nowhere near" allowing many residents to return to that area, Christie said.
He plans to fly out Tuesday to visit one of the worst-hit areas, but there is nowhere for him to land at the Barrier Islands because of all the damage.
Also, every rail line in the state has faced major damage, he said.
Christie said he's confident that President Barack Obama and the federal government will work with New Jersey and that the state will rebuild.
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